AFTER DECIDING to rank the total of 238 institutes under the UP Technical University’s (UPTU) control, on the basis of their performance, the varsity top brass now has decided to set up UPTU Excellence Awards. The awards including one for B Tech in a government college, two for B Tech in private colleges, one award for best B Arch/B Pharma/BHMCT colleges, one each for MBA and MCA colleges, would be given to those colleges which score more than 750 points out of the total 1000.
This is again an endeavour to inspire colleges across the State to “raise the bar” and compete with each other in order to become eligible for the membership of the “Star Performer Circle.” “The university would be interacting extensively with star performers to jointly decide on a strategy to improve the quality of other colleges too,” said UPTU V-C Prof Prem Vrat while speaking to HT. “Certain privileges would be granted to such star performers,” the V-C added.
Besides, incentives would also be given to those institutes who may not have found a place among the star performers but have shown the highest rate of improvement in terms of pass percentage of the students.
“In case the score of any college is less than 750, no award would be given.
However, a certificate of merit might still be considered for those scoring above 700 points in all,” the V-C added.
The colleges would be awarded points on various parameters. They include the top management’s commitment to quality and academic leadership (100 points), faculty resources development and management (50 points), policy and strategy (50 points), academic resources (100 points), academic processes (100 points), faculty and staff satisfaction (100 points), student satisfaction (100 points), impact on society (50 points), academic results (250 points) and placements (100 points).
A panel of eminent jury headed by an outstanding academician and members comprising of experts in quality management with other members from industry, consultancy etc along with some credible non-government organizations, working actively in the field of higher education would be appointed for making an on-the spot assessment of those colleges which are claimants for the Star Performer’s award.
The team of assessors would visit such colleges for three days, interact with stake holders, top management, faculty, staff, students, alumni, some prominent people in the area etc. The team would then submit their inspection report after which the jury would deliberate on the strengths and weaknesses of the colleges concerned before making the recommendations to the V-C who would then finalise the awards. Subsequently, the awards would be given away at a ceremony.
“The awardees would have the responsibility of sharing their best practices with other institutes by organizing lectures and seminars and help nurture weak institutions. This would be done for an year after which new institutes would replace the old ones and carry the exercise forward,” the V-C added.